Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book haven

Large, bright windows. A sliding ladder. Baby grand piano. Window seat in the sunshine. Comfy chairs, overstuffed pillows, fluffy rugs. House plants. A globe. An antique desk and hardwood floors.

And of course wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves. 

These are the elements of the library room I dream to call my own someday. A place to store all of my books respectfully-- unlike now, in which the majority of my books lie in boxes unseen and the rest are crammed into a single bookshelf or flopped down on my nightstand... or my keyboard... or the coffee table... You get the idea.

This room, via We Heart It, is most certainly perfect. 

Another element of my dream library would be this "Book Haven" sign, found in the window of a local antique shop. I've had my eye on it for, oh, the past five years. (Unfortunately, I don't think it's for sale. Maybe I'll have to create my own?)

Part of me realizes I'm expecting too much from my future library-- I mean, a sliding ladder, a baby grand and a window seat all in the same room?-- but at the same time, you may as well set your dreams high, right? :) 

I can't forget my favorite Alice in Wonderland quote:

'There's no use in trying,' said Alice. 'One cannot believe in impossible things.'
'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.' 

And I guess if I never get my library, I can always go this route: 

Or not. :) 

Finally, I LOVE this print: 

Stay tuned for a glimpse inside my dream garden!


Kyle said...

Don't forget that "single bookshelf" was made by uncle Gary with love, for Christmas.


Don't worry you will have a library, piano, window seat, sewing room combo one day.

Michelle Porth said...

Thanks, hubby! That brings up a good point though-- the above print would be even MORE perfect if it included "craft room" along with garden and library :)

Jenn said...

I love the picture of the room with the loft-one massive wall of books! sounds glorious :) My measly bookshelf is double stacked it's so full!

Have you heard of Library bars? I read an article recently on them. You can say you are "off to the library!" when you are really going to grab a drink :) just type "library bar" into Google images and you will see what I mean!

Michelle Porth said...

Ooooh! I don't typically love bars, but those sure look nice! Do you remember where you got the article from? I might have to do a post about it! :)

Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy) said...

wow how neat! I loooooove books this looks like heaven indeed;)

Anonymous said...

I'm obsessed with books and reading so these pictures are HEAVEN to me. LOVE them. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I've happily added you to my blog roll x

Alyssa Danielle Heldenbrand said...

Hi there! I came across you on Sarah's blog. Funny she should comment right before me :) Don't think that you have set your library standards too high! I dream of a home library that looks almost identical to your library vision! Paradise, huh?

Michelle Porth said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, a library is most certainly paradise!

English Muse said...

wow!! these are so wonderful!!! xoxo

Jenn said...

Michelle: this is the snip-it I saw on library bars http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/05/library-bars/ and here: http://www.styleture.com/2011/01/04/books-bars/